Originally Posted by Capt Academy
Trebark, I have the same issue with 168 VLD's with my 7mm STW two touching, then one slightly off. Very similar to the groups you pictured!
I have not found the solution yet and the problem seems to be with many people that I know that shoot the VLDs. I have a buddy with a 308 - he shoots the 190VLD, I have a 280Rem shooting the 168VLD and my 260 shooting the 140. That's a 6.5mm, 7mm and 7.62mm and all of them do the same thing.....put two bullets in about the same hole and throw one bullet out of the group.
I do all the brass prep....uniform primer pockets, deburr flash holes, neck-turn, trim to length.
I do all the right reloading steps.....meticulously weigh each charge, seat bullets with a Redding Competition Seating Die. I also use a Hornady OAL gauge so I know exactly where my lands/grooves are with every bullet I shoot. With the seating die I seat each bullet .005" off the lands. Each round is measured with dial caliper and Hornady Comparator. And each bullet is seated at exactly the same depth (for testing, .001 variance in seating depth is not tolerated)
Yet the 'problem' persists.
If anybody knows the voodoo to correct this problem, please let me know!